Village Whack Job...
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Model: '81 GL1100 Interstate
The old lady asked me to go to the local Walgreen's to get her some Pepto.
So I roll the Wing out the shed and start up through the yard. The grass is a little long, and a little damp. Rear wheel spun and the rear end swung around and dumped her on the left side. Didn't stop at the crash bars. She went all the way over on her side. Looks like the only real damage from that was the left hand mirror got mangled. I roll back to my feet, pick her up and roll her back a bit to try again.
I get just to the top of the hill and the rear wheel spins again. Clutch, front brake and hold her there. No choice but to back down the hill again. I ease off the brake and let her start to roll back. Try to put the brake on a little more to keep her slow.
Front wheel locks up and I end up slamming into the neighbors fence. No damage to the fence from me hitting it but the... is taking full advantage of the situation so now I have to replace her rotten post to keep her from suing me.
So the wing is laying there on it's right side this time. Neighbor doesn't ask if I'm ok, doesn't ask if there is any damage to the bike just worried about her rotten fence.
The wheels are right against the fence. Absolutely no room to stand her up again. I know better than to ask the neighbor if I can dismantle the fence so I can get the bike up. I just tell that as soon as I get the bike back up I'll do what I can with the fence.
I have no one I can call to help me, and there isn't much of anything anyone can do anyway.
The bike just digs further into my lawn if I try to pull it away from the fence. Ever try to drag a thousand pound anchor through sod?
So I'm standing there, pissed at the boy for not cutting the grass today. Pissed at myself for not being able to get up the hill. And getting madder by the second at my evil neighbor.
Finally I'm so disgusted by the whole situation that I just let myself get pissed off. I let a little of the old me out.
I tell the neighbor " Don't worry about the fence, I'll do what ever it takes to fix it, just give me a few minutes to get my bike back on its wheels."
I turn to my old lady and say to her, "They can either be reasonable and I'll fix the fence or they can sue me and I'll set the f***ing thing on fire and they'll never get a penny."
The neighbor goes back in her house, but by now I'm all but seething. So I look at the Wing laying there, I look at the old lady and tell her to just stand back out of the way.
I walk over mutter "f**k it" under my breath and reach down and grab the crash bar and the trunk rack. I set my feet and and drag the bike away from the fence. it tears a tan inch deep bu four inch wide trench two feet long in my lawn. But it come far enough away from the fence for me to stand it up again.
I roll it back to the front of the shed and the old lady is not only incredulous but a little pissed off when she realizes I gonna make another run at the hill.
She asked me what I was trying to prove. I replied "Not a damn thing. I just want my bike out of this yard."
Cranked her up and she's smoking like a coal train. Oil ran into the cylinders when it laid over so long.
I hit out and get half way up the hill when the rear end lets go again. I just feathered the throttle a bit and gunned it again and popped right up to the top of the hill.
I get it out to the front of the house and it dies. Low on fuel had to switch to reserve. Took a couple shots of starting fluid to get it going but it ran fine. Smoked like hell all the way to Walgreen's.
I mean it was embarrassing the way it was smoking. Went into Walgreen's and got the Pepto. Came out she fired right up and was still smoking but not as bad. Wasn't smoking at all by the time I got home. Walgreen's is about four blocks away.
So anyway, anyone got a fairing mount mirror for the left hand side of an 1100?
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